Franklin Cockerill, M.D., Announces Retirement from Mayo Clinic

Franklin Cockerill, M.D.
Franklin Cockerill, M.D.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) president and chief executive officer Franklin Cockerill, M.D., recently announced that he is retiring, effective at the end of September 2014. Mayo Medical Laboratories is the largest for-profit company associated with Mayo Clinic, the world-renowned health care organization located in Rochester, Minnesota. Mayo Medical Laboratories is the third-largest provider of esoteric laboratory services in the United States and serves more than 4,000 clients in 130 countries.

Dr. Cockerill has been with Mayo Clinic for more than 30 years. Along with his responsibilities as president/CEO of Mayo Medical Laboratories, Dr. Cockerill has been the chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology for the past eight years.

“I am proud that as I leave Mayo Clinic, the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Mayo Medical Laboratories are stronger than ever,” Dr. Cockerill says. “As a department, we have a robust pipeline of new tests and opportunities, our academic and research output is one of the highest in the world, and our department is considered a global leader. Additionally, Mayo Medical Laboratories is experiencing significant growth, expanding internationally, advocating the critical role of laboratories in health care reform, and contributing to the strong financial health of Mayo Clinic.”

As is customary at Mayo Clinic, there is a regular rotation of leadership positions. As such, Dr. Cockerill has been mentoring several potential successors.

Curtis Hanson, M.D., will serve as the interim president/CEO as well as the chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology until a successor is named in December.

Dr. Cockerill earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical School, and he completed medical residencies in internal medicine and clinical microbiology at Mayo Clinic and the University of Toronto, respectively. His fellowships focused on infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic and molecular biology at the Mount Sinai Research Institute. Dr. Cockerill joined Mayo Clinic as a staff physician in 1983. He is the Ann and Leo Markin Professor of Medicine and Microbiology at the Mayo Medical School.


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Andy Tofilon

Andy Tofilon

Andy Tofilon is a Marketing Segment Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories.